Last Friday I was organizing some maps and flyers from places I have visited and came across a flyer I had picked up a few years ago when a buddy and I rode the Natchez Trace from south to north.
The flyer was for "Heavenly Fried Chicken" prepared by Arthur Davis at "The Old Country Store Restaurant" in Lorman, Mississippi. When you look at all the food and restaurant reviews, Arthur Davis has almost full stars. He has also been featured on the Food Network on one of Alton Brown's shows.
I decided to pack up the bike and leave a day early for a work trip to the Gulf Coast. Ride the Natchez Trace from north to south and stop in for some heavenly fried chicken.
For those of you who don't know what the Natchez Trace is, it is a national roadway connecting Natchez, MS to Nashville, TN. The roadway is 444 miles of smooth pavement with limited access, no commercial traffic, and no stops during the entire length. You can find more information here. Natchez Trace Bed and Breakfast Reservation Service | NatchezTraceTravel.com
More information about "The Old Country Store Restaurant".
The Old Country Store Restaurant - Lorman, Mississippi | NatchezTraceTravel.com
I only had my smartphone with me, and was on a mission, but managed to capture a few photos during the ride.
There is very little traffic on the Trace with the exception of passing by Jackson and Tupelo, MS. Locals use the road as a shortcut to other roads, but still, no commercial traffic.
One section passes by a large reservoir, and there are a lot of stretches where the trees almost form a roof above the roadway.
The southern starting point of the Natchez Trace is in Natchez, MS.
The flyer I had for "The Old Country Store Restaurant" said that they were open to 9:00PM on Saturdays. My route and plan had me arriving at 7:00 PM after riding about 500 miles.
When I arrived I saw that the neon 'open' sign was on, but there was only one vehicle in the parking lot.
I parked my bike, too a photo and was ready to enjoy a nice meal. Got to the door and it was locked.
There were new hours posted, and they now are open from 10:00AM-6:00PM on Friday and Saturday.
I rode on into Natchez to get a room and had to settle for a subway sandwich next door to the hotel. :sucks:
Now I had to decide if I was going to hang around town and ride back to Lorman for "heavenly fried chicken", or ride the 400 miles to my work location in Florida before the heat of the day.
After consulting with some locals, and researching the internet reviews, I decided that I came this far for some "heavenly fried chicken", I might as well follow it through.